Everything you need to konw about Disinfecting Power


Hello, everyone, and welcome to clean freak. Another year head into 2021. And today I really want to kind of just address disinfecting cleaning power.

Now there's a lot of questions going on. A lot of people concerned about disinfecting, especially during this time of cove, it and the outbreak that's having its second wave.

So the question is, when we're disinfecting, how do we know we're disinfecting? And how do we know we are using and getting the power we need and demand in order to clean and disinfect properly?

You're not going to want to miss this. Yes, all right, welcome. So today I want to talk to you about parts per million of your disinfecting. So when we talk about the parts per million, what are we talking about?

It's really a term for cleaning power. So let me give you an example of what i'm referring to. Now, when I first came across this, it was in the early two thousands.

I had notable parts per million and how to identify it. But we were at the time e was working for ah, large manufacturer, and we're working for a large building service contract we had a national account with them and they were taking over a major hospital region.

And so we were making sure that dispensers were set up and disinfectant was working properly and stuff, and they were. But one day into the program, maybe a week or 23 weeks, someone like that.

I was with a distributor up and we were going through the hospital and we had parts per million paper. And as we walked past the ice cream bucket on one of the carts, we dipped the parts per million paper into it. In fact, the guy's name is keith. He did it into the parts per million and it came up with nothing.

And we thought that was a one off. So we went to check the dispenser and then later on, we tested mawr, and we kept getting randomly these zero parts per million meaning put the paper in. It was getting no parts per million.

So what did that mean? What it meant was the housekeepers were taking their, you know, dipping their cloths into the disinfectant, applying it, but it had no cleaning power.

It wasn't disinfecting. And we're talking about a hospital environment this case, that was many reasons for that. Such a squad binding.

And and that but for today, I wanna talk to you about what toe look for how to identify and how to measure the parts per million of your disinfectant. So when we look at the disinfectants, we're going to go to screen here, go to the skin here.

It would be one here, and you know what is the disinfected cleaning power? So the analogy I wanna use is i'm going to give a analogy that everyone can kind of understand and actually something I just recently saw as I was in a apartment building.

Now, when I was in the apartment building, just recently, uh, there was a cleaning company in the building cleaning hard surface floors and they were mopping the floors and I could tell by the smell that it had some type of smell. It was a four cleaner or disinfected.

Now it got me to think about this because I don't know if they were using disinfectant in the in the bucket or not, or if it was cleaner. But let's assume you have a mop bucket using a cotton brag and you're going to use the disinfectant. So we have our mop bucket.

We have our mop and in the bucket we have diluted, disinfected now, depending on what the parts per million is to start off with this fresh, disinfected solution in the mop bucket, depending what the solution, the parts per million is is gonna dictate how many times we can take that mop out of the bucket, maute the floor and put it back in.

Now that even in itself, it's not a true statement, because it's not necessarily how many times it's really how much dirt is on the floor.

So when we take that mop bucket and we take them off and we go on mop the floor, we're taking dirt from the floor onto the mop that marks going into the disinfectant and dirt is being released into the mop bucket of disinfectant, obviously, but every single time dirt of soil load hits that goes into the disinfectant, the power of the disinfectant slowly goes down. So the question is, is how much can you do that?

Well, how many times can you put that mob the mob into that bucket before you're not disinfecting anymore. And one of the answers is is it depends on what you're starting your parts per million at.

And that's what I want to talk to you about a little bit today and kind of give you an understanding of what that is. So when we're talking about disinfecting when you are using a disinfectant on the label on the bottle label will be active ingredients is and there will be all these words that most of us don't understand. With all these little numbers beside it, 2% 20. 4% whatever it iss if you look on that this active ingredients is so what you wanna do is you to know what your parts per million is is you're gonna want to add that up.

So I infer preparation for this. I want to make sure I articulated and knew what I knew. Eso I found this great little report two pages by a fellow by by name of mark warner. I don't know who he is, where he comes from, but it explains it very well.

And so, uh, I wanna make you aware of that. Just punch up quat disinfectant parts per million by mark warner. It's a great little great little cheap sheet, if you will.

But the question is, is what's the formula? And so we're gonna walk through this. So i'm gonna take my calculator, and i'm going to use the formula.

Um, i'm gonna use the formula, so you clear this up. So what is the formula? Well, it's the percentage go down here. Okay? The pharmacist false is the percentage of quartz times the ounces per gallon rate.

Okay, times 10,000. Now, I have to thank a guy by the name of jerry. He worked in a care home in vancouver, british columbia, around 1999.

He was very, very, very well informed and really good at what he did. You really understood the industry needs the one that first taught me about this to figure out what what the parts per million were.

So let's go through and look at the example which I borrowed from mark warner here. So if we take the example, we take two ounces per gallon of concentrate with 303. 85 total active ingredients is okay. And so we take the 3. 85 times the two ounces per gallon or 1 to 1 28

And times it by 10,000. We get 600 parts per million. So let's work that I would get 3. 85 a times too divided by 1 20. Sorry, 3. 85 times two divided by 1 28. Okay, times 10,000 and we get 601 parts per million. So the way we do that again is we the percentage of squats of total active ingredients is times the ounces per gallon dilution rate.

Okay, so you have two per gallon will have you divided by ounces times 10,000. Okay, so that is going to give you the parts per million. So in this example, it is 601 parts per million.

Now he goes on to say something that, in fact I didn't recognize as be true is that every 300 square feet that you're mopping will reduce the active parts per million in a mop bucket by approximately about 150. So every 300 square feet now a disinfectant stops being a disinfectant roughly, um, just under 300 parts per million so what this tells you is you're getting about 600 square feet or so per mop bucket.

Now there's gonna be equations in this, depending on the soil load in that. But it's really good to understand that you're starting off the 600 parts per million. There are disinfectants that you're starting off with the 405 100.

Most are around 600 but not all. And so it really tells you the cleaning power you have now. If you're using your disinfectant in a spray bottle, it's closed system. It's not getting air or cloths or dirt into it, then this doesn't apply. But if you're using an ice cream bucket as an example on your maid cart or using a mop bucket to clean your floors and your surfaces, then understanding the squats and the parts per million and the dilution rate is really critical because it's going to let you know how much cleaning power you have to ensure your disinfecting properly before you need to change your mop bucket.

So hey goes on to say here that mopping an average hospital patient room with a solution that is 600 parts per million. Three average hospital patient room is 300 square feet.

Mop cleaning one room would cause the parts per million to drop from 600 parts per million to 450 still adequate from moving to the second patient room. Ma cleaning the second patient would cause the parts million to drop to about 300 parts per million, which is just barely at threshold of being qualified as disinfectant, yet just enough to use to mock clean and disinfect the third patient room after cleaning despite foot patient on the solution in the bucket is spent is no longer contains active parts remain to be considered a disinfectant or a sanitizer.

Now, the best way to test that is using parts per million paper or parts per million kit. Parts per million paper is accurate to end about 50 parts per million 200 parts per million, but it's a it's a least a quick little guide. Dip the parts million into into the equation.

All right, put the paper into the distance like but the bottom line. What I want you to get from this is that disinfecting?

If you are putting a cloth or mock into an open source and that dirt is hitting out disinfectant. That that's disinfectant is only good for so long.

And if you're cleaning rooms, uh, then it's gonna last a lot less than if you're cleaning hard surface and you have a nice cream bucket. But recognize that every single time you dip your cloth or mop bucket into the solution.

The accuracy the parts permitted, the cleaning power, the disinfecting strength cleaning power is slowly going down, and you get to a point when you're no longer disinfecting.

And, of course, if you no longer disinfecting, then you're putting yourself and others at risk. So it's really important on this. So if you're out in the cleaning world and your disinfecting and you're cleaning for customers, be aware that if you're using a mop bucket to disinfect that, you're changing your mop bucket very, very regularly.

On average, about 600 square feet, 1000 maximum and then you're gonna change your mop bucket. Obviously, there are some variables, such as, uh, parts, really that you're starting with soil load of the facility, but at the end of the day, it's just good cleaning practices to make sure you're cleaning, uh, refilling your mop bucket on a very regular basis with fresh, accurate, freshly deluded disinfectant.

Now, before I close off, it's very important to recognize that you don't adm or than the recommended dilution rate because logically, you would think, well, ok, if I adm or disinfected, i'm gonna have more parts per million.

And that's probably true. You will, however, what starts the happens, you start to get over. You start making something good, very bad, meaning that the disinfectant starts to leave. A residue starts to streak. Such a damaged surfaces starts to make things sticky.

Eso always follow the label directions and don't think you're outsmarting are coming up with a neat little trick by using more because it's going to bite you in the butt and you're gonna end up having to repair the damage that you've done. Whether or not that sticky floors are actually ruining surfaces, hope you found this of value. This is a clean freak.

Every tuesday, 12 pm, pacific. I'm aidan rig, and I look forward to seeing you in the next episode.



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